Dr. Apostolides: Spine

Dr. Apostolides– Stamford resident K.O. was 17 when she was in a roll-over car accident that severely injured her neck. Dr. Paul Apostolides was on call that night and remembers meeting K.O. in the Greenwich Hospital ER, “She was awake, alert, scared and in a lot of pain. Fortunately, she was able to move her arms and legs.” X-rays revealed multiple fractures of the cervical spine.

When K.O.’s parents arrived, they learned their daughter’s broken neck could result in long-term pain, loss of feeling, or even permanent paralysis in her limbs. “After reviewing numerous MRIs, CTs, and x-rays, Dr. Apostolides explained that he would have to virtually reconstruct Kimberly’s neck,” recalled K.O.’s mother Lorraine. “His assessment of her condition was tough to hear, although he was optimistic about her chances for recovery.”

Dr. Apostolides and Dr. Amory Fiore performed the operation, which required decompressing the spinal cord and nerves and realigning, stabilizing and fusing together four adjacent vertebrae in the lower cervical spine using titanium plates, screws and rods and bone graft.

After surgery, K.O. was placed in a cervical brace to support the neck while it healed. Her recovery was steady and six and a half weeks later, she left for her freshman year in college.

“The surgery exceeded all expectations,” said Lorraine. “I can’t imagine what would have happened if Dr. Apostolides hadn’t walked into the emergency room that night.” (KO)